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Have You Been Denied SSD or SSI Benefits? Smolich & Smolich Offers Strategic Solutions.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, you are not alone. In fact, the majority of initial applications are denied. It does not mean that you are not eligible. It simply means that, when the Social Security Administration (SSA) representative reviewed your case, he or she either missed something or something was missing.

For more than 40 years our team at Smolich & Smolich has been helping people like you throughout Northern California overcome denials. We can assist you with every step of the appeals process. Contact our Sacramento Social Security Disability attorneys online!

There are two main stages of the appeals process:

  1. Request for reconsideration, which will be reviewed by a different individual at the Social Security office
  2. Request for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, which is often the stage where we succeed in obtaining SSD benefits

Reasons for Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits

Your initial application must clearly indicate your disability and inability to maintain full-time employment for a minimum period of 12 months. A doctor's note saying that you are "disabled" or "cannot return to work" is far from sufficient. The SSA is looking for very specific information about your medical condition and how it impacts your ability to work full-time.

Typically, you must prove that you cannot perform any of the jobs you have done in the last 15 years or any other job in the national economy. If they do not see that within the small amount of time they have to review your case, you will be denied. Our Sacramento SSD attorneys know medical and vocational information is needed for SSA to award your claim. We will determine why you were denied and put together a strategy to obtain benefits through the appeals process.

Assisting with Every Step of the Complex Appeals Process

Because the appeals process is extremely complex and confusing, it is highly advisable to retain the services of an experienced Sacramento social security disability attorney to handle your case. By doing so, you can significantly improve your chances of obtaining much needed benefits and improving your quality of life.

Our firm will be at your side throughout every step of the appeals process, and do everything in our power to ensure you get the benefits you deserve.

Call us at (916) 571-0400 to schedule a free case evaluation!

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  • They know what it takes to win. Thank you all so much!

    “Thank you so much for your help. I was denied twice by social security disability. They are the most diligent and wonderfully. Yes it takes a while to get a hearing. If it wasn't for the great staff and attorneys here, I would have never been approved for disability. It was the best Christmas gift i received. They know what it takes to win. Thank you all so much!”

    Nanci Stewart

  • Without Smolich & Smolich taking my case I would have never gotten my benefits!!!

    “Without Smolich & Smolich taking my case I would have never gotten my benefits!!! Rob Smolich took my case himself and was so helpful in every step of the way. I cant say anything negative about Smolich & Smolich. I had a lawyer before him and he was way more personable. His office took all the stress off my back and made me feel at ease during the time period of waiting. Have nothing but good things to say about this company. They are completely professional!!!!”

    Dustin Walker

  • I was blessed the day I contacted this firm!

    “I was blessed the day I contacted this firm! Sarah Greer and Sam Eldaly we're an amazing team while handling my Social Security Disability appeal. They were very proactive, kept me up to date on the status of my case and we're always available to ease my mind. I am so thankful for the help I received from my team! They far exceeded all my expectations!”

    Mandie Lou

  • You were so proactive and informative, you really did take away so much of my stress during the whole process.

    “I sincerely apologize for the delay! I truly thought I had already sent this off to almost 3 months ago! Thank goodness I had someone helping me clean and organize the apartment last week. She found your letter behind my bookcase. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support and dedication throughout my case. You were a true blessing to me. You were so proactive and informative, you really did take away so much of my stress during the whole process. Just the fact that you returned a call so promptly was a very big deal to me. It let me know that I mattered to you, Sarah, and the firm. Thanks to the two of you I am finally settled in my own apartment and my mom was able to finally retire. So again, thank you from the depths of my heart for everything that you personally and your firm have done for me. You were true angels in my tie of need.”

    Mandie O'Malley